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Netball Suspension Anouncement

Extended Protection Level 4 – Netball Suspension Anouncement.

On Monday the 5th of January 2021 the Scottish Government set out the latest Covid-19 Guidance, which will see mainland Scotland placed into an extended Level 4 Protection Level, with a clear message to stay at home and only go out for essential purposes in order to limit the spread of the virus.

Below you will find Netball Scotland’s recommendations and current guidance which align to the Scottish Governments information.

ACTIVITY (Mainland Scotland)
We have been closely monitoring the situation surrounding COVID-19 and following the latest guidance set out by the Scottish Government, the Netball Scotland Board and Senior Management Team have made the decision to suspend all netball activity for all age groups (Under 11, 12-17 and 18+) across mainland Scotland with immediate effect and until further notice.

We have throughout the pandemic made all the necessary changes to our sport from introducing the Modified Game to creating Permitted Activity Guidance to ensure our clubs and members were able to safely continue and enjoy our sport. However, with the increased transmissibility of the new variant of Covid-19 and the extension of Protection Level 4, new guidance has been put in place:

Indoor facilities and gyms will remain closed in January.
Group sport, organised netball training and fitness activity indoors/outdoors should not be undertaken. This applies to all age groups in an extended Level 4 area. (mainland Scotland)
Non-contact exercise (walking, running or cycling) can continue for all age groups, those 12+ should be following household rules, a maximum of 2 households / 2 people aged 12+.
Travel is restricted. (See more information below)
Performance/professional sport retains its exemptions at Level 4 although this is subject to local operators opening facilities based on their risk assessments.

This extended protection level will remain in place until January 31st and the date will be reviewed by the government later this month.

ACTIVITY (Islands)
Whilst the islands remain on Protection Level 3, it is the recommendation of Netball Scotland that the guidance given to mainland Scotland is adopted by the Scottish Islands. This decision has been made as a result of school and leisure estate closure on the islands.

TRAVEL
Travel restrictions remain in place and if you live in a level 3 or level 4 area you should not be travelling outside of your local area for netball activities.

There are exemptions to travel for sport, exercise and recreation. Participants can still travel up to 5 miles from the boundary of a LA to take part in informal exercise such as walking or running so as long they abide by household rules. (2 people 12+ from maximum of 2 households)

When travelling in a Level 4 area you should:
Avoid any unnecessary travel out of your local area
Keep journeys within the area to an absolute minimum
If you have to travel for essential purposes, follow the Scottish Government guidance on travelling safely
Further travel guidance can be found from the Scottish Government.

SUMMARY
What can still go ahead:
Exercise at home with our Level Up Challenge here!
Informal exercise outdoors walking, running or cycling for 2 adults together from 2 households, why not #GetInvolved in Strathclyde Sirens 21 Miles Challenge here!
Professional sport for identified performance athletes

What can no longer happen:
Group sport, organised netball training and fitness activity indoors/outdoors for all age groups is suspended in extended Level 4 areas (mainland Scotland).
Group sport, organised netball training and fitness activity for under 18s is permitted within Scottish Government guidance in Level 3 areas (islands). However, Netball Scotland recommends that the guidance given to mainland Scotland is adopted by the Scottish Islands, and therefore group sport, organised netball training and fitness activity should be suspended.

FINAL COMMENTS FROM #TEAMNS
This is not a decision that has been taken easily or lightly, and we know it will be disappointing for many of you, but it has been made in full consideration of all the Government advice and the guidelines provided to us as a National Governing Body. Protecting the wellbeing, health and safety of our members, volunteers and workforce is our number one priority and so we request that this decision is respected and followed.

Again, and as always, we want to thank the Netball Family for continuing to stand with us and we appreciate the work that has gone into keeping everyone engaged in netball during this unprecedented time.

We said in our last message that brighter times are ahead, and we still believe this is true, if we all stand together, we will emerge from this stronger! #TogetherWeAreNetball